Harbouring a penchant for dining out especially given sampling Indian, Thai and Moroccan cuisine, Simone who lives in London balances a busy career working for British Petroleum and being a mum to two young sons. During her free time Simone likes visiting photography exhibitions and retreating to one of the many spas in and around London. Theatre, tennis and live music events are also some of her likes whiles she dislikes rude people and housework.
Why do you love travel?
When you live in the UK, one of the things you look forward to most is some warmth and sunshine. I love to venture out, to see the sights and sounds, experience other cultures and enjoy new experiences. Try out some local eateries and see what else the world has to offer.
Your favourite travel destination, and why?
I have so many, Melbourne, Barcelona, Rome and South Wales but my favourite place is Sydney. The city has an electric buzz, vibrancy and excitement about it, the people are friendly and laidback. There's so much to see and do, it boasts a beautiful harbour, a variation of cultures and areas of natural beauty.
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
Good company, blue skies and sandy beaches goes without saying. Good food, great service and outstanding accommodation. Somewhere that excites me and not too far from the airport!
In which country have you felt most at home?
Australia and Sri Lanka - home from home.
Worst holiday or travel experience?
Being sat on a grounded aeroplane longer than the actual flight time.
Best piece of travel advice?
Have an open mind, don't go with any expectations and be prepared. Research the place you're visiting, to ensure you make the most of your holiday and time.
Your top five travel destinations?
1. Sydney, Australia
2. Whistler, British Colombia
4. Sri Lanka
What has travel taught you?
To be openminded, an appreciation of what I have, what I've seen and experienced. It has made me more aware and knowledgeable about the world around us.
Which country did you taste the best ever cuisine?
Madrid, Sri Lanka and Sydney.
By Tina Edward Gunawardhana